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Beach littered in forgotten hotel towels

HILTON HEAD ISLAND (AP) — Clumps of hotel towels dot the shores of Hilton Head Island in South Carolina, cluttering the surf and creating hazards for wildlife.

The Island Packet reports wildlife activists say the towels invade the shores each year, but this season's piles gained so much attention that town officials intervened. The newspaper says that photos of the piles posted online prompted the town to announce that it has contacted officials from every major beachfront resort about the problem.

Assistant town manager Josh Gruber says towels aren't a "traditional" type of litter, but they still shouldn't be there. Dale Mathe is part of an organization that cleans the beach. She says beachgoers often forget towels on rented beach chairs. She says she donated over 400 forgotten towels to an animal shelter last season.

81-year-old photog opens civil rights museum

ORANGEBURG (AP) — A South Carolina photographer has single-handedly opened a civil rights history museum, putting some of his work on display and offering first-hand accounts of the events he witnessed years ago.

The Post and Courier reports 81-year-old Cecil Williams opened the self-titled museum in his old Orangeburg studio using about 350 photos, some taken by him.

Williams says he's waited a couple decades for the community to build a civil rights museum, but decided to finally open one on his own.

The museum follows events in South Carolina that Williams says changed America, including the Orangeburg Massacre in 1986 that left three African American college students dead. Williams documented the events as a photographer.

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